Lleyton Hewitt beat Evgeny Donskoy in the third round. Picture: AFP/heraldsun.com.au
Lleyton Hewitt will be out to book his place in the last eight at the US Open when he faces world number 24 Mikhail Youzhny on Wednesday morning (AEST). The veteran Australian has been plagued by injuries over the past few years but has rediscovered some of his best form at Flushing Meadows over the past ten days, advancing to the fourth round here for the first time since 2006.
The 2001 US Open champion won through to the last 16 by overcoming Evgeny Donskoy in four sets during the last round, after shocking sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro in a hard fought encounter that went the distance in round two. Known for his fighting spirit, the world number 66 has built his success at the tournament around getting off to a quick start , having taken the opening stanza in all three matches he has played at the event this year.
Youzhny has struggled at Flushing Meadows in the past two years, bowing out in the first round in 2011 and 2012, but has been in ominous form this time around. He swept past Nicolas Mahut and Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets last week before beating 12th seed Tommy Haas in the last round.
Hewitt has had the better of his six previous matches against Youzhny, beating the Russian on five occasions. The Australian has a 2-1 advantage on hardcourts and won in straight sets on that surface the last time the pair met, at the Cincinnati Masters last year.
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